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Letters From The People

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Mb. Editor: I wish to omphaticnlly sooond the suggwUon of your correspondent "Enterprise," in your last numbor, with reference to the ueoosslty for wideninL the north end of División street. The Street is so narrow that it is often difflcult for vehicles- espccially if loadod- to pass eren in the day time, and dangerous at nijjlil. Thcrc is but onc narrow sidewalk (4 ft.) on the east 8ide and a dungcrous ditch on the west side. . Next to Detroit ítreet it is the principal thorouíthfaro to and froni the M. C. depot, and if a change is made in tho location of the passenger depot, it will still more be the route of travel for a large portion of the city. ÏTot only would the conTenicDCo and safety of travel he promoted, and the appearance of a principal treet be improved, but the value of the adjacent property would be increased so that, no doubt, as your correspondent suggests, the owners of the property could well afford to glye the roil or two of land required. It has been suggested that the public spirited senior Alderman of the 4th ward, would set the exauiple of liberality to his neighboi'8 and also tue his influenco in the council to secure a public improvoment so much neciicd. But if all the owners could not be induced to follow the suggested example, and the citj should have to pay for any part of tho rightof way, Uien it becomes important that the council and tax-payers should uuderstaad clearly the amount needed for thia purpose, in considering what the city can czpeud in aid of the the projected.improvements by the M. C. K.Co. When the R. R. Co. has done all it needs for its own convenience, there will still remain a large work to be done on the streets in the vicinity, that the city niiut do for itself to make the new location convenient of access, with approaches by streets and walks of easy grade and good width, and sufficient space for a stand for private, as well as public carriages,- for our street cars that ouglit to follow- for crowds that gather upon the arrival and departurc of excursión or of distinguished persons. Let us heartily and liberal ly secondany )lans of any railroad to improve our city and promote the convonience and business interests of citizens. This is in the direotion of inauguratlng the "boom" so much desired, and literally paving the way to make it progresaivc and per(etual. But let us also'do it In permanent imrovement8 in street work in the fultilluent of obligations to ourgelves rather han in asanming questionable new obliitions. If we can have any choice let us lave a commodious, convenient lepot Miildlng, euaily acc!8sible by travelers on óot or in carriages, rather than to have mere showy architecture without these advantages. If we are to close up one of tlie streets eading across the city to the 5th ward hose that remain should be of full width. Let us have División street wldened.


Ann Arbor Courier
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